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Gender differences in active ageing: Findings from a new individual-level index for European countries

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  • David Steinmayr
  • Doris Weichselbaumer
  • Rudolf Winter-Ebmer

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We use data from wave 6 of the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) to construct an individual-level index of active ageing for people aged between 50 and 90 years. We develop nine sub-indices for different dimensions, which are then aggregated to the final index. This individual-level index allows to analyze inequalities between age cohorts, dimensions, countries, and other individual-characteristics that are covered by SHARE. We focus on differences between the sexes. Overall, women score lower than men with 54.9 index-points compared to 57.7 for men. We present gender differences in active ageing for some sub-populations as a showcase for this new individual-level index.

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  • David Steinmayr & Doris Weichselbaumer & Rudolf Winter-Ebmer, 2019. "Gender differences in active ageing: Findings from a new individual-level index for European countries," Economics working papers 2019-02, Department of Economics, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria, revised Sep 2019.
  • Handle: RePEc:jku:econwp:2019_02
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